In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata

In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and Other Stories
Lauri Kubuitsile

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Overview

In many of these stories, there is a sense that things are not as they seem: a woman’s husband-to-be has a questionable past and a voluptuous stranger’s beauty belies her malevolence. Characters are shaped by the particular challenges of their context – a young pregnant Mosarwa girl is forced to make a terrible decision and the barren wife of a wealthy Gaborone man is made to see an old woman with supposed powers of fertility. Atmospheric and evocative, these stories will entertain and transport you to the hot, dusty heart of Botswana.

Short Stories | ISBN: 9781908446084 | eBook

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Lauri Kubuitsile

Lauri Kubuitsile is an award-winning, full-time writer living in Botswana. Her short stories have been published on four continents and she has 14 published works of fiction, primarily for children. She’s also written six textbooks, two television series and numerous radio scripts. She has twice won the Golden Baobab Prize for Africans writing for children, in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, she was shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize for her story  In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata. Lauri was born in the USA but is now a naturalised citizen of Botswana. She’s married with two teenage children.

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"At times chilling, often funny and always engaging, the stories in this collection, though not strictly connected, are linked by their shared landscape – rural Botswana – and the rich characters who brilliantly portray this country’s small-town life, from the old man who leaves his money to his dog when he dies to McPhineas Lata, who, from the grave, sparks a sexual revolution among the married men and women of Nokanyana village.

In many of these stories, there is as sense that things are not as they seem: a woman’s husband-to-be has a questionable past and a voluptuous stranger’s beauty belies her malevolence. Characters are shaped by the particular challenges of their context – a young pregnant Mosarwa girl is forced to make a terrible decision and the barren wife of a wealthy Gaborone man is made to see an old woman with supposed powers of fertility.

Atmospheric and evocative, these stories will entertain and transport you to the hot, dusty heart of Botswana.'

Bronwyn McLennan, South African writer and editor
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